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How is jock itch treated?

Treatment for jock itch includes: Good hygiene practices: bathing regularly, then thorough drying with clean towels, particularly using a separate towel for the affected area compared to the rest of the body (to prevent spread), will help to contain the infection. Changing your clothes, especially the underwear or other clothing in direct contact with the affected area, at least daily, will also help. Jock itch can be treated with topical antifungal creams that are available over the counter, such as ketoconazole and terbinafine, applied directly to the affected area. Oral antifungal medications such as fluconazole are used for infections that don't respond well to topical cream. To prevent jock itch from returning, treatment needs to continue for some time after the symptoms have cleared.

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Author: Jonathan Meddings BMedLabSc (Hons)
First answered: 18 Sep 2014
Last reviewed: 19 May 2018
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Category: Jock itch


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